Committing to a consistent martial arts practice offers a lot of benefits. The first one that may come to your mind is learning self-defense. And while you will learn self-defense techniques, you will also get a great workout.
Martial arts might be a less traditional way to work out, especially compared to hopping on a treadmill or lifting weights. But it’s an effective way to improve your health and fitness. Plus, you can get started at any age – no previous experience or fitness level is necessary.
Here are just four of the ways martial arts improves your fitness:
Martial arts training is a full-body workout, and you’ll increase strength without lifting a single weight. Martial arts builds functional strength in your upper and lower body, as well as your core. Rather than training a specific muscle group, like your hamstrings or your shoulders, you get a total body workout in each class.
Martial arts training also has an aerobic component; you’ll build stamina and improve cardiovascular fitness. When you first start training, you may have a hard time catching your breath. But give yourself time, and you’ll adapt, build up some endurance, and improve.
3. Weight Loss
People participate in martial arts for various reasons, including weight loss. Most martial arts training styles burn a ton of calories and boost your metabolism. Higher-intensity styles, like Muay Thai, promote weight loss more than a softer style, like Tai Chi.
A consistent training or fitness routine that gets you moving and exercising boosts your energy level. It can be hard to get started if you tend to have low energy levels. But once you get started and build some momentum, you’ll begin to feel more energetic. To continue raising your energy level, make sure that you’re giving your body plenty of time to recover between workouts.
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